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  • Cambodia 'doctor' faces murder rap in HIV outbreak

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prosecutor says an unlicensed medical practitioner in northwestern Cambodia suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 people with the virus that causes AIDS has been charged with murder and other crimes. Nuon San, a Battambang provincial court prosecutor, said Monday that Yem Chhrin has been charged with...

  • Associated Foods buying Safeway, Albertsons stores in MT, WY

    The proposed merger of the Albertsons and Safeway grocery chains is leading to new ownership for eight stores in Montana and Wyoming. Associated Foods is buying Albertsons stores in Butte, Montana, and Laramie, Wyoming, along with two Safeway stores each in Missoula, Montana and Casper, Wyoming. The chain is also buying Safeway stores in...

  • Sanford, ND college offer training for nurse assistants

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health and the North Dakota State College of Science are working together on a new training program for nurse assistants. The program will accept 10 people who agree to work full-time at Sanford in Fargo. Sanford will cover the cost of the course and one certification exam. Applications are available at...

  • App lets patients take prehistoric virtual journey

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An app featuring a bronze fossil floor at the main entrance of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor allows patients to take virtual prehistoric journey. The free iPad app "Foozel" was launched last month under a partnership between the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Credit...

  • China punishes hospital for operating room photos

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery. The photos were taken in August at privately owned Fengcheng Hospital in the north-central city of Xi'an and...

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments...

  • Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

    RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind. In Roro Village and other settlements below, people...

  • Purdue gets $1.6M to create virtual patients

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to counsel people to quit smoking using "virtual patients" and educational assessments. Purdue pharmacy Professor Karen Hudmon is leading the project that will develop...

  • Student books heading from Minnesota to Liberia

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than 22,000 books are on their way from Minnesota to Liberian students out of school because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Books For Africa plans a ceremony recognizing the shipment at its St. Paul warehouse Tuesday. The container is on its way to Liberia, but Books For Africa is preparing additional books...

  • Sign-up deadline looms for health coverage

    BOSTON (AP) — A deadline is looming for Massachusetts residents looking to sign up for insurance through the state's health connector. People who qualify and need coverage by Jan. 1 must not only choose an insurance plan but pay for it by Tuesday. That includes many people who are transitioning from temporary coverage in the current year. The...

  • State police addressing training for mental illness

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police have met with mental health officials to discuss how it trains troopers to handle people with mental illness. Capt. Stephen Jones says members of the state police training academy have met with mental health officials in New Jersey to discuss working new methods into their training. Jones says that...

  • Shumlin team to push less ambitious health changes

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — After Gov. Peter Shumlin dropped his long-sought goal of a universal, publicly funded health care system this past week, key members of his health care team immediately got back to work picking up less ambitious pieces of the plan. Appearing Wednesday before reporters and two boards that had advised him, the second-term...

  • Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A board that recommends how Connecticut should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies is urging state lawmakers not to become complacent about combating smoking, insisting that declining rates don't tell the full story. The annual report from the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees,...

  • Study examines fitness program for mentally ill

    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — More research is confirming the benefits of a New Hampshire program that promotes physical fitness among people with serious mental illness. The In SHAPE program was started at Monadnock Family Services in 2003, and the state later won a federal grant to expand it to community health centers across the state. The acronym...

  • Fish and Wildlife offers ice fishing safety tips

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering safety tips for people who fish on the ice this winter. Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt says ice fishing can be safe and fund when it has been cold enough to form good, solid ice on the state's lakes and pond. The first tip for anglers is to keep their vehicles...

  • Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin has an aneurysm and will be sidelined indefinitely while doctors decide how to treat it. The unruptured aneurysm was detected when the 43-year-old coach got tests this week to see why he's been having headaches. An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. A school spokesman...

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